Milwaukee: Nearly half of police officers, firefighters live outside city, alderman says

  • Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Published: 05/01/2019 02:29 PM

Six years after a state law invalidated Milwaukee's residency requirement for city employees, nearly half of police officers and firefighters live outside the city, an alderman said Wednesday as a Common Council committee discussed efforts to incentivize living within the city limits. Ald. Michael Murphy said as he understood the numbers from the Department of Employee Relations, 42% of Milwaukee police officers don't live in the city and the number for firefighters is about the same. "I mean, you can extrapolate the trend to probably towards 50% by the end of this year in terms of our police force and firefighters," he said. For other employees, he said, it's about 15%. Last year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that 33% of police officers and 37% of firefighters did not live in the city.


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